Jon Scieszka’s Picks For Kids Books

December 7, 2009

Author Jon Scieszka

Author Jon Scieszka, who is also the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, appeared on the CBS Early Show Saturday morning to present his recommendations for his favorite children’s books for holiday gift-giving. Scieszka is the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!Stinky Cheese ManMath Curse, the Time Warp Trio series, and many more terrific kids books. No doubt, these make great gifts but you can check them out for free at the Essex Library all year long.

Polar Express by Chris VanAllsburgThe beloved story of one boy’s magical Christmas Eve adventure to the North Pole.

Moon Shot by Brian Floca – tells the extraordinary story of Apollo 11.

Guess Again by Mac Barnett – The rhyming text in this debut picture book asks readers to fill in the obvious blank to guess what the obvious picture is, but when the page is turned, what’s revealed is anything but obvious!

Never Smile at the Monkey by Steve Jenkins – When it comes to wild animals, everyone knows there are certain things you just don’t do — tease a tiger, pull a python’s tail, or bother a black widow.  A fascinating look at creatures that are more dangerous than you would expect.

Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – Little Oink is a neat little fellow. But Mama and Papa won’t have it! They say in order to be a proper pig, he has to learn to make a proper mess. Readers who hate clean up will love this humorous twist on a universal dilemma.

Additional holiday book picks from Jon Scieszka:

“Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach” by Carmen Agra Deedy – How does a beautiful cockroach pick the perfect husband? Try the Coffee Test. A lively retelling of a great Hispanic folktale.

“The Lion and the Mouse” by Jerry Pinkney — The classic Aesop tale in a glorious, beautiful, wordless re-telling.

“All the World” by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee — A lyrical celebration of the whole world that feels just right.

“The Elephant and Piggie” series by Mo Willems — A whole mess of funny true friendship tales about two best pals. Perfect for just beginning readers.


“The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity” by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex — Very funny mystery adventure. And it’s a series!

“The Last Olympian” by Rick Riordan — Book 5 in the Percy Jackson series. Greek mythology in the modern world.

“The Magician’s Elephant” by Kate DiCamillo — No one can spin a tale like Kate DiCamillo. And this is a beauty.

“Max” by James Patterson — Book five in the fantasy/thriller Maximum Ride series. James Patterson knows the secret of how to get kids reading – write something exciting for them to read.


“Candle Man, Book One: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance” by Glen Dakin — Murder, mystery, and steampunk adventure to get your favorite guy reading.

“Going Bovine” by Libba Bray — Crazy, fun, weird, sad, and weird. Also very good.

“Stitches: A Memoir” by David Small — A stunning mixture of art and text telling an amazing personal story.

What to Read Now That You’ve Finished all the “Wimpy Kid” books:
“Lunch Lady” series by Jarrett Krosoczka — Total fun superhero illustrated storytelling.

What to Read Now That You’ve Finished all the “Fancy Nancy” books:
“Fashion Kitty” by Charise Mericle Harper — A kitty with the super powers to help other kittens with their fashion and other personal problems. Exquisite good fun.